Author Archive | Michael Linsin

Smart Classroom Management: How To Get Difficult Students To Listen To You

How To Get Difficult Students To Listen To You

You offer encouragement. You give reminders. You supply wisdom and inspiration you hope will make an impact. But your words fall on deaf ears. Nothing you say to your most challenging students seems to make a difference. They continue to misbehave, ignore your advice, and disappoint you day after day. What you need is a […]

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Smart Classroom Management: Why Students Don't Participate In Discussions And What To Do About It

Why Students Don’t Participate In Discussions And What To Do About It

Make no mistake. Participating in class discussions is important, for all students. It’s important for their academic development. It’s important for their communication skills. It’s important for their confidence and enjoyment of school. But it’s also one of the most misunderstood areas of teaching. Conventional wisdom says that you should confront students directly about their […]

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Smart Classroom Management: A Trick To Staying Calm All Day Long

A Trick To Staying Calm All Day Long

Keeping a calm, unruffled temperament makes classroom management easier. It effectively removes excitability, which is a major cause of misbehavior. It makes you more likable and worthy of trust. It gives you leadership presence and allows you to build effortless rapport. But for many teachers, it’s also easier said than done. In fact, the harder […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Teach At A Rewards-Focused School

How To Teach At A Rewards-Focused School

If you’re a regular reader of SCM, then you know how I feel about rewarding students in exchange for good (i.e. expected) behavior. A do-this-and-get-that approach to classroom management is damaging to kids. It snuffs out intrinsic motivation and turns the student-teacher relationship into a cold-hearted transaction. It also makes managing your classroom far more […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Improve Classroom Management Every Day

How To Improve Classroom Management Every Day

One of the secrets to exceptional classroom management is to aim for the stars. It’s to accept nothing less than what you want for your classroom, your students, and your career. It doesn’t matter where you teach. It doesn’t matter who is on your roster. It doesn’t matter if chaos and disorder reign supreme in […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Improve Listening With Strategic Pausing

How To Improve Listening With Strategic Pausing

Do you ever get the feeling your students aren’t hearing a word you say? They may be quiet. They may be looking at you. But you know they’re not actually listening. Maybe it’s the blank expressions. Maybe it’s the sighs and yawns. Maybe it’s the agonizing boredom etched on their faces. But you just know. […]

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Smart Classroom Management: Why You Should Pretend Your Most Difficult Students Are Perfectly Well Behaved

Why You Should Pretend Your Most Difficult Students Are Perfectly Well Behaved

One of the biggest reasons difficult students misbehave is because they’re often treated with the expectation that they will. Teachers tend to hover near them. They’re frequently pulled aside for reminders, lectures, and pep-talks. They’re rewarded inexplicably, praised effusively, and spoken to differently than other students. These are common, often impulsive, reactions to those who […]

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Smart Classroom Management: The Best Of Smart Classroom Management 2016

The Best Of Smart Classroom Management 2016

Here at SCM, we’d like to say “Thank you!” Because of your loyal readership, we’re able to continue our passion for helping teachers improve their classroom management. We’re humbled by the success of the website and are more dedicated than ever to provide you with the most effective tips, strategies, and solutions you can find […]

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